Cllr Shafique Choudhary

Cllr Shafique Choudhary
Cllr Shafique Choudhary

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Events of 1986 - Refresh yourself


January

1 – Spain and Portugal join the EC
9 – Michael Heseltine resigns as Defence Secretary over the Westland affair
20 – Britain and France announce plans to construct the Channel Tunnel, which they hope to open by the early 1990s
24 – Leon Brittan resigns as Trade and Industry Secretary over the Westland affair
28 – Space shuttle Challenger explodes killing seven

February

15 – Fifty-eight people arrested at a Wapping dispute demonstration
17 – Single European Act signed with the objective of a single market
19 – The Soviet Union launches the Mir space station
26 – People Power Revolution in the Philippines

March

18 – Inheritance Tax replaces Capital Transfer Tax
31 – The Greater London Council and the metropolitan county councils of West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Tyne and Wear, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire are abolished

April

15 – The government’s Shops Bill 1986 is defeated in the House of Commons on its second reading: the Thatcher government’s only defeat in the Commons
17 – Hindawi Affair attempted bombing of an El Al flight from London to Tel Aviv
17 – Journalist John McCarthy is kidnapped in Beirut, where three other hostages are found dead
26 – Chernobyl disaster
30 – Rioting erupts overnight in prisons across Britain

May

8 – Labour make large gains in local council elections
31 – Mexico football World Cup begins

June

10 – Patrick Joseph Magee found guilty of the Brighton hotel bombing and sentenced to life imprisonment
12 – South African state of emergency
22 – England knocked out of World Cup by Argentina and Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’
29 – Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 to win World Cup

July

5-20 – Goodwill Games in Moscow
12 – Rioting breaks out at Portadown in Northern Ireland between Protestants and Catholics
23 – Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey
24-2 August – Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh
28 – Suzy Lamplugh disappears after a meeting in London

August

13 – The Eurotunnel Group is formed to operate the Channel Tunnel
19 – The privatisation of the National Bus Company begins

September

7 – Desmond Tutu becomes first black Anglican bishop in South Africa
7 – General Pinochet survives assassination attempt
8 – Thatcher officially opens the first phase of the Nissan car factory at Sunderland
19 -­ Two people are killed and 100 injured at the Colwich rail crash
19 – GCSE examination courses replace both GCE ‘O’ Level and CSE courses for 14-year olds

October

11 – Reagan and Gorbachev Reykjavik talks begin
12 – The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit to China
24 – UK breaks off diplomatic relations with Syria over links to Hindawi Affair
26 – Jeffrey Archer resigns as Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party over allegations concerning prostitutes
29 – Thatcher opens the M25 motorway

November

3 – Iran-Contra affair made public by Lebanese magazine article
6 – Sumburgh disaster Chinook crash kills 45 oil workers flying from Brent oilfield
18 – Ian Brady and Myra Hindley confess to the murders of Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett
21 – The government launches a £20m campaign to warn of the dangers of AIDS

December

8 – British Gas shares are floated on the Stock Exchange
29 – Harold Macmillan, Earl of Stockton, dies aged 92 at his home in East Sussex

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